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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Roads Back to Rhode Island" by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG

Speaker: Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG
Talk: "Roads Back to Rhode Island" [S-329]
Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time: 3:15pm

Cherry in her own words:

"Despite growing up in the beautiful, historic town of Newport, Rhode Island with a father who loved genealogy, I was the kid whose eyes glazed over during recitations of genealogical discoveries. Who could remember all those details? What good did they do anyway? Only when a relative found early nineteenth-century family letters high on a shelf and I tried to figure out who the writers were, did I get hooked on this most universal form of historical research."

"My passion has been for Rhode Island families, a markedly quirky bunch, with an evolving interest in the many slaves held in Rhode Island and their descendants. The detective work and the fitting together of the jigsaw pieces of evidence into an accurate picture are simply the most fun I can imagine. My favorites are not the famous or powerful, but rather the down-and-out or the elusive transient. Much as I admire the Rev. Ezra Stiles with his eye for detail and turn of phrase, Peleg Gifford, the craziest man in Providence for fifty years, remains dear to my heart. As editor of Rhode Island Roots, I encourage articles on all Rhode Islanders, not just the English settlers of the seventeenth century."

"Knowing how hard it was for me to get started, I enjoy sharing background and strategies for research with other people who are new to the study of Rhode Island families. I hope you will join me to explore what makes Rhode Island so different from its colonial neighbors. Be warned, however, you may just catch the bug yourself!"

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG

Cherry Fletcher Bamberg, FASG, has been editor of Rhode Island Roots from 2001 to the present and a consulting editor for the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for the last few years. She has written extensively on Rhode Island history and genealogy and has edited many books published by the Rhode Island Genealogical Society.  She received the 2006 Donna Holt Siemiatkoski Genealogy Volunteer of the Year award from NERGC and was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2008.  She was a Rhode Island researcher for the Danish version of the television program, Who Do You Think You Are? in 2010.

Her books include:

The Diary of Captain Samuel Tillinghast, 1757-1766 (2000), Elder John Gorton and Six Principle Baptist Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island (2001). Co-editor of More Early Records of Warwick, Rhode Island (2001). Editor of Daniel Stedman’s Journal 1826-1859 (2003), South Kingstown, Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries (2004), and Newport, Rhode Island Colonial Burial Grounds (2009).

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC)

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, MA. More information is available from the conference website.

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